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Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.

Debunking Breakfast

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.

Please Don't Feed the Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So here we are -- at the start of a year, reflecting on the long-overdue end of the junk food era. But there's no need to hope or whine or wring our hands. We are in charge. Any time we like we could refuse to eat like morons by deciding not to swallow any more baloney. This could be that year.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Massive Ideological Republican Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the entire political punditry world is caught up in yet another horserace, major tenets of the Republican party's faith seem to be crumbling. Their bedrock ideology is revealing itself, in multiple ways, of having been built on sand all along.

Congress Needs to Do the Time Warp

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a way out of this mess. It's an easy one, really, although it does require some suspension of disbelief on everyone's part. Just change the date on the floor of Congress. No, not the date on the bill, the actual date.

Kevin Smith's Exclusive Stalker-azzi Story and Reddit AMA Questions

Shira Lazar | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

What began as an innocent attempt by Kevin to enjoy the outdoors with his mini dachshund and get some exercise ended up turning into a crazy encounter with a fan who just happened to be camping in his car with "the longest telephoto lens in the world."

To Use Beliefs Or Be Used By Them: THAT Is The Question

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

While there's no denying that we need working beliefs, we can get along quite nicely without absolutes. We need only resist elevating beliefs into eternal verities. To know who we are does not mean we know who we'll become.

Havoc and Meatbats: Conversations With Alanis Morissette and Chad Smith

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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To Bridge the Gap Between Dogma and Progress, We're Going to Have to Talk About Values

Jane Devin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

How many people do you know who are extremists on either side? My guess is not many. Yet these are the types of conversations that dominate politics and the media today. They take away from the truth and heart of human matters while fanning flames of antagonism and disunity.

Review: Red State

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

If Kevin Smith is serious about leaving behind the world of Jay and Silent Bob, then Red State is a troubling sign that the man behind View Askew may have no place else to go.

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Is religion an immature wish-fulfillment, a denial of our mortality, an abrogation of our human responsibilities, a sentimental lullaby for those unwilling to face harsh realities?

Have a Good Look, America, That's Democracy in the Making

Kyle G. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle G. Brown

As America, the world's loudest democracy disgraces itself with gridlock and obstructionism, it's ironic we must look to the Middle East to recall the...

The Catholic Celibacy Crisis

Maureen Fiedler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Maureen Fiedler

Priestly celibacy is not dogma. It is simply a disciplinary practice, and could be changed literally with a flick of the papal pen. So, why wait?

That Old Time Religion

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

This time of year my thoughts naturally turn to God and religion. Not because I'm conventionally religious: I'm not. Not because I have any certainty ...

Alleged Abuses in Scientology Are Far From Unique

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Scientology. The name is a travesty of science. The reality is a burlesque of religion.

How It Was: Psychiatry, Madness, and Infections in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

Although professionalism often means a striving for excellence, American professionalism has too frequently meant an association with a stubborn failu...

When the French Spiced Up Film: Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard and Cahiers Du Cinema

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Whether or not you personally love their work, it is difficult to dismiss the impact of the French New Wave. To reinforce this strongly held position, here is a pungent mix of Truffaut, Godard and Rohmer.

Religion As A State Of Mind

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

When a dogma or belief system is fixed as the explanation for this unknown, there is a closing off, a blocking off of experimentation to discover or relate to it.

Between Blinders & Bible-Thumping, Fanciful Flights & Party Suicide, Where is America Heading?

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Devin

In the fantastical world of fundamentalist religiopolitics, it is acceptable for Glenn Beck to call Obama a racist, but not acceptable to question the racial motives behind the frighteningly ignorant attacks on Obama.

Why I Failed As an Atheist

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I tried to believe in nothing. And I failed.

Is Guilt a Good Thing?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

If tomorrow, you could completely free yourself from guilt -- if you'd never feel guilty again, no matter what you did -- would you do it? Americans ...

The Three Characteristics of Extremism

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Alan Lurie

We need a willingness to openly examine divergent viewpoints, clearly determine the merits, and arrive at a more comprehensive view that sees the world in its infinite array of vivid colors.

What Is Spirituality: 5 (Not So) Easy Steps to Happiness

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Spirituality can be a daunting concept. What does it really mean to be spiritual? I won't pretend to have the universal answer. What I can tell you is what spirituality means to me.